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Animal Reiki

Reiki energy is the same for people and animals, but due to the sensitivity of animals and given that they don't communicate in the same way that we do, the approach to the treatment is slightly different. Although Animal Reiki is not Animal Communication, just as people consent, prior to having a Reiki treatment, the 'let animals lead' method allows animals to give non verbal consent to partake in a Reiki session also.  

From my experience of working with many animals, I have found they tend to respond better to treatments offered from a shared space via a meditative state; as learned from Kathleen Prassad, in the 'let animals lead' way . It seems that animals are so sensitive to the energy, that this approach allows them to choose how much they wish to receive, depending on their personal preference or need. This way of sharing energy, honours their individual choice in a respectful manner.

Initially, years ago, when I first started my Reiki practice, I noticed that some of the best responses from animals, came about when they were in the same room as their people who were having a Reiki treatment. The pets would often just ‘tune in’ automatically; relaxing, sometimes coming to sit on their laps or would fall asleep at their feet, etc.

Also, it's fairly normal for the hands of the practitioner to become very hot during treatments, which can feel a little intense for some animals sensitive skin, especially horses, so the  ‘hands off’ treatment gives them a choice to come and go as they please. 'Hands on' parts of the session are included, if and only when the animal comes forward, expressing that wish. 

Animal Reiki is best carried out in an environment they most feel comfortable in, but can be carried out anywhere. 


As long as an animal is accepting, Reiki always heals on some level, even if an obvious response or solution to a problem the animal may be facing isn't immediately apparent.

Reiki can do no harm and will go directly to where it is needed most.

Reiki is non invasive, yet gently powerful and works safely with other forms of healing, both allopathic and holistic. 

Reiki is complementary alongside and is not a substitute for veterinary advice or recommended treatment. 

For further information on the 'Let animals lead method' see  Kathleen Prasad's Animal Reiki Source | Energy Healing for Animals

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